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Touring the Streets of Jerusalem - Together

Friday, December 10, 2010

Mount Zion Parking Lot

Entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem has been nigh near impossible as of late due to the changes in the traffic rules. The Jerusalem Municipality decided that private cars (except for local residents) could not enter the Old City.

Whether this is a good idea or not is up for debate.

This of course made things very difficult for drivers in Jerusalem, as there was no where near enough convenient parking for people trying to get into the Old City or to the Kotel.

The Givati Parking lot is lot smaller these days ever since they discovered the palace underneath it.

And the Mamilla parking lot is excellent, but it can be a long walk if you are trying to reach the Jewish Quarter.

The Jerusalem Municipality finally did something very smart to handle this problem - they rezoned the Mount Zion parking lot.

For years, the Har Tzion parking lot had space for about 20 cars, and the rest was designated for buses. Lot of buses.

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Yesterday when visiting the Old City, I decided to chance it and see if I could find parking on Mt. Zion. To my surprise, there were no buses parked there at all, and the entire parking lot was converted to parking for cars.

Rumor has it they are planning on building a multi-level parking lot on the site.

While 100 new parking spots may not be much for convenient access to the most important city in the world, it's better than the 20 we had before.

I'm happy to see that the Jerusalem Municipality made a positive change for Jerusalem drivers - something they haven't done in a long time.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010


The light rail, waiting to go through some testing on Road 1.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Herod's gate to be re-inaugurated

Herod's Gate, more commonly known as Sha'ar haPrachim (the Flower Gate), will be re-inaugurated tonight (June 28, 2010) as part of a larger conservation plan of the Old City.

The gate was first inaugurated in 1539 CE.

The gate was was named Herod's gate either due to a mis-attribution, or alternatively in Herod's honor.

(Picture courtesy Wikipedia)


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jerusalem of Lights

It's been the Jerusalem of Lights festival all week, and the Old City of Jerusalem of Jerusalem was lit up, outside, inside, and even underneath (in Tzidkiyahu's Cave).

Enjoy the photos.

This is a video projected on the wall near the Jaffa Gate:

A crooked city near the Rova parking lot:

A big shoe of lights:

Hanging Laundry:

 Men climbing the walls:

A projection on the Hurva:


Friday, March 12, 2010

The Churva - Opening Soon

We've been following the progress of the rebuilding of the Churva Synagogue in the Old City on this blog.

I took a number of beautiful closeup shots of the detail work, but unfortunately the files got erased.

The synagogue will be officially opened this Monday, March 15 in a big ceremony.

Arutz-7 has a video on their site where you can see what this amazing shul looks like.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Chanukah in Mamilla

The Mamilla Mall opened its indoor section and for Hanukah holiday they filled it up with artistic (and even musical) Chanukiahs (Menorah).


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World's Tallest Lego Chanukiah

Hidden in Shaarei Chesed is a quiet street called Narkis Street.

Hidden on Narkis Street is the Mayanot Shul, and hidden in the Mayanot Shul is the largest Lego Chanukiah (menorah) in Jerusalem - and possibly the entire Land of Israel. Built with over 5000 pieces of Lego by the children of Jerusalem and one very tall Rabbi (standing on a chair).


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Friday, August 21, 2009

Street Activity on Emek Refaim

Emek Refaim Street in the German Colony (near Baka) took on new life at night, as performance artists lined the streets this past week.

I think everyone knows this ragtime band.

Modern dance.


Probably the youngest performers on the street.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

In Mamilla

Went to the Mamilla outdoor shopping arcade today. It's much better than when it first opened. More stores have opened, the indoor mall is starting to shape up. A lot of people are walking around.

The Steimetzky's has a great childrens section.

The only thing missing is a meat restaurant!


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Friday, May 22, 2009

Jerusalem Day

The Jerusalem Day parade was yesterday, but today is actually Jerusalem Day - the celebrations are moved a day earlier so that the Parade doesn't happen on Friday (right before the Sabbath).

The Parade began on King George Street and ended at the Kotel by way of Agron Street.

All these pictures are from Agron Street.

I don't know how many people marched, but the parade took nearly 2 hours for everyone to walk on by. The entire road was packed from top to bottom (and on King George, Mamilla, all the way to the Kotel).

Many of the marchers in the parade held up signs supporting a united Jerusalem (and against a 2-State solution) as they passed the American Consulate on Agron Street.

The US Consulate, at the start of the parade

The bottom of Agron, where it intersects with Mamilla

The bottom of Agron, looking up to King George Street

Dancing during the Parade

A policeman breaking open and checking a suspicious vehicle alongside the parade route


Sunday, March 29, 2009

I've been working on the (light) railroad....

The section the light rail being built near Kikar Safra on Yafo Street.


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another reason to get a street named after you

The Jerusalem municipality plans to replace all the Jerusalem street signs named after famous people with new signs featuring the person's picture and their story, especially what they are well-known for.

The idea for the new signs was recently proposed to Mayor Nir Barkat by Zion Turjeman, director-general of the Ariel company, a subsidiary of the Jerusalem Municipality. The mayor loved the idea and appointed artist Yotam Kuperberg and entrepreneur Maya Fogel to be in charge of preparing the new street signs.

What an interesting idea. We can't wait to show them to you.

Now, perhaps he can next require that all buildings post their building numbers.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I've got a secret

One of the most familiar sites connected to Jerusalem is the Tower of David Museum, which among other things used to be a fortress.

I haven't been there in a while, and I was happy to see that they uncovered yet another secret tunnel.

You can really get lost in this place with all the different passageways.

Another new edition to the museum is this recently discovered model of Jerusalem made in the late 1800s!


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Hurva update

The Hurva reconstruction is coming along quite nicely...


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